Re: Dental scam or Not?
First off, get a second opinion! After I moved from CA to AZ, I had to find a new dentist and while I liked the staff and the dentist, I think they gave me a bum steer on some issues. I knew from my previous dentist that I had some issues with my pockets (age and diabetes related) so I wasn't surprised when the new dentist said I needed a deep cleaning. I think I paid more than $650, but I have insurance so not sure. I'll tell you this, it was NO FUN. They couldn't do both sides at the same time because of the intense numbing. Did I need it? Not sure but I do have gum issues. My beef was that after all the checks and x-rays, in a few months the dentist says I needed both of my remaining wisdom teeth out. Told me they were terrible and had to go. Mind you, they didn't bother me and I didn't want them removed because the past surgery I had to remove a wisdom tooth did not go well. Anyway, I went to another dentist for a second opinion on the wisdom teeth and he said they just had some cavities that could be fixed and if I wanted to keep the teeth, then keep them.
More to your point, I just saw my periodontist (gum expert) yesterday and I mentioned one area that is bothering me and there's a crown there. They took and x-ray and said it's not bad and they asked how long I've had it. Told them about 10 years and they did mention that crowns might only last 5 years. But they didn't say they have to be replaced, just that you keep an eye on them.
So again, get a second opinion. The dentist I went to (who is now my NEW dentist) gives free second opinions and I'm glad I switched to him. I learned the hard way that you need to be proactive and not just believe everything some doctor tells you, especially if they're somebody you don't know.
I had a scam from a TMJ specialist dentist but that's another story!